RAMALLAH, Tuesday, January 26, 2021 (WAFA) – Ongoing Israeli measures in the occupied territories targeting Palestinians and their properties were highlighted on the front page of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies published today.
Al-Quds daily said that while Israeli occupation forces razed land and settlers uprooted dozens of trees, two houses and structures were also demolished by the forces as demolition orders were issued against a residential building, a village council, a clinic, and several other dwellings.
It said five new settlement plans are going to eat up over 650 dunums of Palestinian land in the two northern West Bank districts of Salfit and Qalqilya.
It also said that the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem paid more than $600,000 to protect church property in Jerusalem’s Jaffa Gate from Israeli settlers’ takeover.
Al-Quds said an Israeli court rejected a petition by a Palestinian family in Silwan neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem against allowing the West Jerusalem municipality and other Israeli parties to work on its land in Wadi al-Rababa, which is often a prelude for taking it over.
Al-Ayyam daily said the Israeli occupation authorities stopped restoration work carried out by the Islamic Waqf in the Ibrahimi Mosque in the southern West Bank city of Hebron while demolishing buildings and threatening to demolish more Palestinian-owned structures.
It said more than 1000 dunums of Palestinian land in al-Zawiyeh village in the north of the West Bank are threatened with seizure.
It said that the occupation forces detained an elderly Palestinian man and a young woman south of Hebron.
The third Palestinian daily, al-Hayat al-Jadida, said that the occupation authorities continued in their violation of Palestinian life with injuries, demolitions, orders of demolition, stop construction and uprooting of trees.
The main front-page story in al-Hayat al-Jadida highlighted the Palestinian cabinet meeting yesterday and its decisions, mainly exempting the local TV and radio stations from the license fees for one year.
It quoted Prime Minister Shtayyeh saying that the United Nations Security Council is going to discuss when it meets today President Mahmoud Abbas’ initiative for an international Mideast peace conference.
The paper also said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has welcomed holding Palestinian elections, while the Greek parliament was discussing recognizing the state of Palestine.
Al-Quds said more than 1000 Irish artists have signed a petition pledging cultural boycott of Israel.
On the corona pandemic in Palestine, al-Ayyam quoted Prime Minister Shtayyeh saying that the government measures, such as the lockdown, have yielded positive results in containing the spread of the pandemic, and that Palestine is discussing with Jordan and Israel the possibility of closing the bridge crossings.